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Old 02-22-2013, 08:26 AM   #1
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12 VOLT House Battery vs 6 VOLT House Battery

We currently have a 12 volt house battery (which is dead) because I let it completely discharge and didn't maintain it properly

I am considering replacing it with the Interstate Battery
6-VOLT DEEP CYCLE BCI Group - GC2 GC2-XHD or RV-XHD specifically for the RV

Are there any concerns I should consider before I do this?

Please advise me on the PROS vs CONS to this potential changeover.

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Old 02-22-2013, 09:35 AM   #2
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Not sure but don`t you need two 6 volt batteries to make up for the one twelve? I`m sure member RoyBraddy who is our battery guru will chime in.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:24 AM   #3
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Yes Sir, we will need 2 6 volt batteries. I should have been more clear. Thank Goodness It's Friday!!!
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RoyBraddy will probably reply with a more detailed answer. Here's my short version: you need two 6 Volt batteries connected in series (a simple cable connection) to provide 12 volts.

One advantage is that you will get more (many more) amp hours with a 6 volt system. That means you would be able to power your 12 volt appliances for a longer time between charges.

A disadvantage to me was the weight (small TT). 6 Volt batteries are heavy and I couldn't tolerate the extra weight. If I could carry them without an issue, that's the way I would have gone.

Roy was patient with me and helpful. I'm sure you'll get good advice from him.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:45 AM   #5
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Best way to go is with a pair of 6's more power and longer life... I have 6-6's on the tongue and have been boondocking since Oct 16 yes I have a solar system to recharge (they dont last that long)
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:58 AM   #6
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Some time ago, in another post, I made the comment most of us wish we had Seann's 12 volt set-up. But it takes room and capacity I don't have.
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Hi all,

I'm not clear on the advantage of 2 X 6VDC batteries. first of all 6VDC batteries are more expensive because the are not as common, secondly if one fails you cannot power anything with the good one. Two 12VDC batteries of equal capacity to the two 6VDC batteries will supply the same amount of power and if one fails you can still supply your load and recharge the other one. As far as weight and size goes, if like capacities, there shouldn't be much difference.



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Some time ago, in another post, I made the comment most of us wish we had Seann's 12 volt set-up. But it takes room and capacity I don't have.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:44 PM   #8
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Most 6V batteries are TRUE deep cycle. Most 12V marine batteries are a compromise. These are what are mostly used.
If you have the money and weight is not an issue the dual 6V system is the superior way to go.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:26 PM   #9
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2 6s will produce more usable amps over a longer period of time than 2 12s and will last longer because the plates are thicker- The 6s can be discharged and recharged more times than can 12s- True, both should be replaced as a unit but the same is true of 12s- In the long run, the difference in cost will be minimal- JMHO- DD
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:07 PM   #10
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snip...... I am considering replacing it with the Interstate Battery
6-VOLT DEEP CYCLE BCI Group - GC2 GC2-XHD....... snip
Just a little insight on my (2) 6-volt Deep Cycle Interstate upgrade:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...ght=interstate

This set-up has met all my camping on/off the grid expectations.

Bob
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